Manchester United are set to lose Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Alexis Sanchez in this summer transfer window, according to Duncan Castles.
The Red Devils will confirm the signing of Daniel James next week after the medical was held at the Carrington on Thursday.
Now, the reports say that the trio of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and David de Gea could be be set to leave for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and PSG respectively.
“If they manage to move Pogba out, that’s a huge salary,” McGarry told The Transfer Window podcast.
“If they manage to move Sanchez out, even if it’s on loan and paying some of his salary, that frees up quite a lot of money in terms of the wage bill and also transfers for that squad.”
Paul Pogba to Real Madrid has been a hot transfer story for the past few months. The Frenchman has already talked about his intentions to join to the Spanish Capital and it might just come true this summer.
Castles then interjected: “You also have the strong possibility that David de Gea leaves, which would take away a very big wage bill.
“So you do open up the ability to spend elsewhere, but you’ll also have a lot of position to reinforce. It’s not just two strikers, you then need a goalkeeper, Solskjaer wants a top right-back, he wants a centre-back.”
Pogba leaving would also mean that Manchester United have to sign a Central Midfielder in the summer with James Maddison a prime candidate:
Castles continued: “If Pogba goes, he needs two central midfielders and he needs at least one top central midfielder to be the creative force.
“If that’s James Maddison, that would be a relatively cheap deal. Not a cheap deal, but a relatively cheap deal in this context.
Duncan Castles also went on to criticize the Glazers as someone who don’t care about the club and would rather spend the money just to look good and garner headlines rather than investing in the problem positions:
“The Glazers like to look like they’re spending a lot of money in each window and certainly the gross numbers in transfer fees have been high, but when it’s come down to it in terms of completely solving problems in the squad, there has been a reluctance to do that in recent windows in the sense that they knew if they were listening to their managers that they needed an elite, experienced centre-back.
“But they kept saying ‘let’s try and do a cheaper deal with someone who has the potential to become an elite centre-back’ and with Eric Bailly, very good signing who did really well in his first season and has stagnated since then, and Victor Lindelof, then effectively they can say they bought two experienced centre-backs at around €40m each.
“But add those two together, add their two salaries together, and you’re talking one Aymeric Laporte or one Virgil van Dijk.
“So the actual total cost, not that high. And a refusal, certainly on the second occasion and certainly absolutely in the third summer to do what was obviously required, which was spend what it took to get a top centre-back in.
“So for me, a lot of what the Glazers do in the transfer market is headlines rather than substance.”
That’s a lot of truth and facts spoken by Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry above.
Let’s see how this summer transfer window pans out!